A man arrested in connection with a shooting in a shopping centre has been released on police bail.
Armed officers from West Midlands Police were called to the outside of the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham at about 2.18pm on Boxing Day.
A spokeswoman said a 19-year-old man sustained a gunshot injury to his leg and was treated in hospital. His injuries were not life-threatening and he has since been released.
She added: “A man aged 26 years was arrested in connection with the incident and has been bailed pending further inquiries.
“Detectives are encouraging members of the public who may have been in the area at the time to come forward.”
Eyewitnesses told the Birmingham Mail there appeared to be a confrontation between two groups of youths in the area between Mango and Selfridges inside the shopping centre, on one of its busiest days of the year so far.
More than 25,000 visitors passed through the Bullring’s doors before 12pm to take advantage of the Christmas discounts.
Jeff Hayben, who was working in Mango, said he heard a gunshot through the window.
“There wasn’t a panic as you would expect a gunshot to cause,” he told the newspaper, “but I don’t think shoppers realised what had happened. There was probably fewer people around than you would expect but then news of what had happened began to travel.”